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Boosting Milk for Baby: The Supply & Demands of Breastfeeding

By Bethany Kotlar, MPH, Teratogen Information Specialist, MotherToBaby Georgia Being a new mom is overwhelming. Trying to figure out this brand new role can seem like climbing Mount Everest! Many new moms have questions about breastfeeding, and of those questions, how to increase or maintain supply is one of the most common. Luckily for all […]

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Shake it Up, Baby? Maybe Not. Considering Nutritional Shakes in Pregnancy

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MPH, Teratogen Information Specialist, MotherToBaby North Carolina “I just found out I’m pregnant. Can I keep drinking my energy shake in the mornings?” “My doctor gave me the go-ahead to work out. Okay to have a protein shake after the gym?” “My immunity-boosting drink is a life-saver. Can I keep using it […]

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A Closer Look at Controlling Cholesterol during Pregnancy

By Mara Gaudette, MS, CGC, Teratogen Information Specialist, MotherToBaby California The chat message came through promptly at my 9AM start time. Her words and exclamation marks clearly highlighted her anxiety. “Just found out I’m pregnant! Taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) for cholesterol control since 6th grade! Talked to my doctor and stopped taking it yesterday, but what […]

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The Cat Can Stay: Debunking Pregnancy Myths about Toxoplasmosis

By Robert Felix, MotherToBaby Past President I’ll never forget the panic in her voice. “The web said, ‘stay away from cats when you’re pregnant because your baby can be mentally retarded!” It was the first thing this soon-to-be mom could get out the second I picked up the phone. “It is true? I got rid […]

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When Counting Sheep Doesn’t Work: Insomnia and Pregnancy

By Patricia Markland Cole, MPH, MotherToBaby Massachusetts During my work at MotherToBaby, I have received calls from pregnant woman who want to know what can they safely take to sleep? Usually they are looking at natural remedies like melatonin for information. For some who have been on medications like Ambien before they were pregnant, they […]

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